Added on: 9th July, 2015 by Sarah_14113
Thousands of gallons of water have been saved and power bills cut by half thanks to revamped toilets at Keighley’s Airedale Shopping Centre.
The £180,000 make-over of the public toilets at the busy shopping mall saw them double in size last autumn.
The re-furbishment, with contemporary and efficient modern fittings, has helped to minimise both water and electricity consumption with impressive results, said Airedale Shopping Centre manager Steve Seymour.
“We looked at every part of the renovations to ensure that we used high quality, long-lasting fittings that had a low impact environmentally. The modern no-touch cisterns use 33% less water, and so reduce overall water usage - especially as we doubled the number of toilets available - and the contactless taps can’t be left running , so again reducing water waste.
“As a result we are saving about 22,880 gallons of water a year - that’s equal to around two pints of water each week for every person living in Keighley.
“We also installed energy efficient LED lighting, which is bright but consumes much less power. Plus we have occupation and motion detectors along with timer control, so when the toilets are in use the lights automatically come on - but when customers leave, and there’s nobody there, the lights go off.
“We chose the best hand driers to ensure they were also energy efficient - so overall we’ve been able to cut our power bill by almost half.
“Taken over the next 10 years, these improvements will really to add up to substantial savings in both water and fuel use, which has to be good for the environment by reducing our carbon footprint.
“Spending a penny at the Airedale centre won't cost the earth.
“We are very proud of our green credentials here at the centre and we always put energy efficiency at the forefront of any work we are carrying out.”
Steve added: “The refurbishment saw an extension into an adjacent unit, with us relocating the tenant to provide the space we needed to expand the toilets and introduce two Radar controlled disabled cubicles. There is a bespoke baby changing room and both ladies and gents have an ambulant cubicle and baby changing facilities, should the baby changing room be occupied.”
Everything was replaced, from the ceilings down to the cubicles and flooring, with improved access to the facilities.
Steve added: “The toilets are now much larger and the feedback from customers is that the new facilities are the best they have seen anywhere and really nice to use.
“The new parent-toddler changing facilities have also been very popular with families. It is vital we provide the appropriate facilities, available to dads as well as mums – it’s what our customers expect and deserve. We did have these facilities before but the new ones are a massive improvement and with the “Help point” we can respond to customer’s needs more efficiently.
“We know that toilet facilities are very important when shoppers visit the Airedale centre. Everybody needs to nip to the loo, but unfortunately there are fewer and fewer public ones available, especially in town centres.
“The refurbishment was a real investment into Airedale Shopping Centre, and a commitment to Keighley, and I know that shoppers appreciate that when they go to spend a penny.”
Airedale Shopping Centre is home to more than 80 stores, from fashion, health and beauty to services and food and drink, free WiFi and has 425 parking spaces More details at www.airedaleshoppingcentre.co.uk.